Sonders: Pullback Risk Elevated, But Don’t Worry About Economy

Charles Schwab’s Liz Ann Sonders says that the risk of a correction is elevated, but she thinks the bull market is still in tact.

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Adjust The Nasdaq For Inflation? What’s The Point?

With the Nasdaq recently closing above 5,000 for the first time in a decade-and-a-half, bears have said that the index really should be adjusted for inflation to get a better assessment of where things stand, valuation-wise. Barry Ritholtz says that’s nonsense.

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Dreman: Fed Creating “Financial Ebola”

Contrarian guru David Dreman says policymakers have created “a form of financial Ebola” that is threatening to wipe out the savings of many Americans.
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Warren Pieces: Buffett on The “Investor’s Misery Index”

A periodic look through the archives of the greatest investor in history

In Berkshire Hathaway’s 1979 Letter to Shareholders, Warren Buffett talked about the impact that inflation and taxes can have on an equity portfolio and a business. Below is an excerpt from the letter.

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Dreman: Don’t Let The Fed Keep You Down

Contrarian guru David Dreman says the Federal Reserve has been playing a dangerous, unsuccessful game by keeping interest rates so low for so long. But he says there are ways for investors to cure the “easy money hangover.”
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A Buffett- and Piotroski-Inspired Strategy To Beat Inflation

Inflation has been picking up lately, and in a recent Seeking Alpha column Validea CEO John Reese looks at how you can use the advice of Warren Buffett and Joseph Piotroski to keep your portfolio ahead of the inflation curve.
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Paulsen: Cocktail of Factors May Spark Inflation Fears In 2014

Could 2014 finally be the year that long-simmering inflation fears boil over? Wells Capital’s Jim Paulsen thinks it just might be.

“In the last five or six years we’ve been worried about nothing but deflation and weak growth,” Paulsen tells Yahoo Finance’s Breakout, “so it’s very difficult to imagine that we might get to a point where we’re worried about an overheated economy again, but I think we’ve got a shot at that (this year).”

Paulsen says a number of factors — a new dovish Federal Reserve chairman, tightening labor market, rising factory capacity utilization rate, rising commodity prices — could combine to trigger inflation fears. “If you put all those together I think that could cause people to worry about overheating or inflation,” he says. To be clear, though, Paulsen is expecting only a small pickup in inflation this year. But he thinks that slight pickup could trigger bigger fears.